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    The Fifth World Holocaust Forum begins on Thursday with dozens of world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, coming to the city of Jerusalem to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp.

    The forum will begin at about 1:10 p.m. (local time) with an by address Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, while the memorial ceremony will start at 3:10 p.m. (local time) with Holocaust survivors Rose Moskowitz and Colette Avital lighting a memorial torch followed by the heads of delegations laying wreaths at the monument to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising at the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre.

    Prior to the forum, the world leaders wrote letters expressing their deep and ardent commitment to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive as well as fight antisemitism. Their statements have been gathered in a book that will be presented to the forum's participants.

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